He has made visits to Denmark to watch Aalesundsâ 26-year-old Anders Lindegaard.
Cityâs out-of-favour No.2 Shay Given was also reported to be a Fergie target, but a cross-city move is a non-starter.
âMy job is to make sure we have the chance of getting the best if the manager at any point decides we want a number one, number two or number three,â Steele told the Manchester Evening News.
âIt is my job to say here are the names. It is no different now just because Edwin is about to hit 40. It was the same two years ago when he was 38.
âManchester United are constantly being challenged and fans say we should have the best. That is what the manager believes in also. It is the tradition of the club.
âBut, of course, as time goes by and players havenât got younger, there is a bit more urgency now.
âWe have to be prepared. You donât know the moment when action will have to be taken.
âNow the August window has gone it is a question of do we do something in January or the summer. The manager will look at that in most positions anyway.
âAn injury or loss of form might change his mind in any position. As coaches and scouting staff we have to say that if the manager wants to do it in January we have to be ready.
âIf he wants to do it in the summer we have to be ready then.
âThe ultimate decision lies with him. We have to be prepared. The moment he wants to do it I have to say here are the options.
âI have a dossier ready for if and when the manager and chief executive David Gill says âwho do you think?'
âThere are candidates now who weâd be interested in. If the manager asked me now, yes, there are players who I think we should go for.
âUnited fans would expect coaches at this club to be able to say at any given moment if such and such happens have we got options. The manager expects that and we have those options ready.â